BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Iranian Armed Forces have sent reinforcements to their eastern border with Afghanistan, the Chief of the Iranian Army’s ground forces Brigadier General Kiumars Heidari said on Monday.
According to the Tehran Times, the reason for the deployment of these reinforcements to the Afghanistan border is due to the ongoing threat posed by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) terrorist group.
The Iranian commander accused the U.S. of transporting ISIS to Afghanistan and purposely deploying them to their border.
Heidari did not go into specifics regarding the alleged transport of ISIS to the Iranian border; however, Tehran has made these claims several times in the past.
The Iranian commander then boasted that Iran is now self-sufficient in armored, anti-tank, artillery, drone and helicopter technologies.
“This year, we will sign a contract with Defense Ministry to buy Karrar tanks,” the commander said, adding that Karrar, a domestically-built tank, is among the strongest tanks in the world.
Heidari pointed out that the upcoming military parades to mark National Army Day will not be held in flood-stricken provinces of Golestan, Khouzestan and Lorestan.
“In other provinces we will hold parades, with the same strength shown in previous years, to tell the enemies that our forces are powerful and can carry out different missions simultaneously,” he added.
General Heidari added that in addition to the Ground Force, the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base will also showcase its S-300 missile system, Sayyad 2, Sayyad 3, long and short-ranged radars and electronic warfare systems.